Tucked away on a wooded dune, guarding the channel to White Lake stands the White River Light Station. Built in 1875, the lighthouse marked the entrance to the man-made channel between Lake Michigan and White Lake. Once a busy port for logging boats harvesting wood from the pine forests of Michigan, the port also served as a waterway for boats carrying vacationers from Chicago.
The port was very busy following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as Chicago required wood to rebuild. No doubt the lighthouse was built to aid the growing number of schooners heading to and from Chicago.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1960, and by 1970, friends of the lighthouse turned the structure into a maritime museum. The museum remains today, and is open for tours May through October, and visitors can climb the tower for a view of Lake Michigan.
Located just a few miles from Muskegon, Michigan, the White River Light Station is part of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.
Posted by Tom Gill at Tuesday, October 18, 2016